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The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses (Rethinking the Western Tradition)

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau's ideas about society, culture, and government are pivotal in the history of political thought. His works are as controversial as they are relevant today. This volume brings together three of Rousseau's most important political writings — The Social Contract and The First Discourse (Discourse on the Sciences and Arts) and The Second Discourse (Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality) — and presents essays by major scholars that shed light on the dimensions and implications of these texts.<P>Susan Dunn's introductory essay underlines the unity of Rousseau's political thought and explains why his ideas influenced Jacobin revolutionaries in France but repelled American revolutionaries across the ocean. Gita May's essay discusses Rousseau as cultural critic. Robert N. Bellah explores Rousseau's attempt to resolve the tension between the individual's desire for freedom and the obligations that society imposes. David Bromwich analyzes Rousseau as a psychologist of the human self. And Conor Cruise O'Brien takes on the "noxious, " "deranged" Rousseau, excoriated by Edmund Burke but admired by Robespierre and Thomas Jefferson. Written from different, even opposing perspectives, these lucid essays convey a sense of the vital and contentious debate surrounding Rousseau and his legacy.

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A collection of three of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's most important political writings - "The Social Contract"; "The First Discourse (Discourse on the Sciences and Arts)"; and "The Second Discourse (Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality)". There are essays by major scholars.

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9780300091410
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Dunn, Susan
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May, Gita
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Bromwich, David
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Bellah, Robert N.
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Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven, CT
Subject:
General
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Political
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Civilization
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Political science
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Social contract
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History & Theory - General
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Philosophy : General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rethinking the Western tradition
Series Volume:
106-679
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.85 lb

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